The universal use of the internet and smartphones has made the Lifestyle of children extremely
sedentary and hence unhealthy. There is marked increase in early onset of ailments like obesity,
diabetes, cardiovascular and neurological diseases Other than these, labile blood sugar, high
cholesterol, deficiencies in the level of Calcium and Vitamin D are the most common signs of
deteriorating health among children.
In 2008, these non-communicable diseases were 10 the
among the silent killers. 10 years later, today, they rank 3 rd among the causes of death. In 2013
10% of children were obese but in the last 5 years, the number has doubled to 20%.
Heavy school bags, used for a prolonged period, may have an adverse irreparable impact on young
developing spines in the form of back pain, muscle pain, shoulder pain and even distortion of
the spinal cord.
Children end up memorizing information instead of expanding their knowledge
Solutions, simple ways to make early school education less burdensome
Pediatricians in the national capital appreciate the new guidelines issued by the CBSE, [Central Board of
Secondary Education]. According to the plan
1) Exercise daily: Children will have one sports period every day. Such a mandate for regular
physical exercise will make them healthy and active
2) Reduce the weight of school bags: The weight of school bags should not be more than 10% of
their body weight. In order to enable this
a. The CBSE schools are expected to use only books prescribed by the board and not
burden children with additional supplementary textbooks and refreshers.
b. Syllabus to be cut down by 50%
c. All CBSE schools have been instructed strictly to redesign their timetable in order to
reduce the weight of the school bag as the need may be.
d. A strict compliance of such a timetable has been mandated.
e. Portable and safe drinking water should be made available in school abolishing the need
for carrying a water bottle.
f. There should be no homework and assignments for children of Grades 1 and 2.
g. Project work and assignments could be completed in school under the supervision of
h. Worksheets instead of workbooks would contribute largely in reducing the weight of
the school bag and facilitate eas ease in terms of corrections.
i. Parents are instructed to select lightweight school bags and constantly inspect the
repacking of bags according to the daily timetable.
j. Learning should not be memorizing but experimental, analytical, research-based,
creative and joyful in nature.
k. Testing should be that of problem-solving and not of memory.
l. Education -process should uphold values both from culture and constitution.
Power of the guideline The success of the guideline will be seen in terms of a happy and healthy
childhood, the right of every child.
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